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LIVE WEB - The Forum of Choice: Litigating Civil Rights Cases Before the Illinois Human Rights Commission

Presented by the ISBA Labor & Employment Section
Co-sponsored by the ISBA Human Rights Section

Live Webcast
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
12:00 – 1:05 p.m.

1.0 hour MCLE credit, including 1.0* hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics credit

For over 40 years, the Illinois Human Rights Commission has served as a neutral forum for redressing alleged civil rights violations asserted by members of protected classes in the areas of employment, education, public access to credit, public accommodation, and transactional real estate. In the past 18 months, however, the Commission has undergone a process of update and modernization that is unlike any previous transformative effort attempted in the agency’s four-decade history. Indeed, most practitioners would not even recognize the Commission today, and these changes (largely inspired by new leadership) have now made the Illinois Human Rights Commission an agile, expedient, and advantageous forum for litigating civil rights cases, regardless of whether attorneys are appearing on behalf of the complainant or the respondent. Don’t miss this in-depth overview of the changes that have been made at the Commission, as well as a discussion on why the new Illinois Human Rights Commission is on its way to becoming the litigating forum of choice for all civil rights claims in the State of Illinois. Additional topics include:
How members of the protected classes can assert claims of civil rights violations in Illinois under the Illinois Human Rights Act;
The role of both the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Human Rights Commission in the investigation and substantiation of potential civil rights violations; and
Which judicial and quasi-judicial forums are available for asserting and adjudicating claims of alleged civil rights violations in Illinois.

Program Coordinator/Chat Moderator:
Craig Colbrook, Deputy General Counsel, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Springfield

Program Speaker:
Hon. Brian Weinthal , Chief Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

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Program Information

  • Fees:
    • ISBA Member - $30
      • ISBA sponsoring section members get a $10 registration discount (which is automatically calculated in your cart when you log in to register).
    • Non-Member - $50
    • New Attorney Member (within the first five years of practice) - $25
    • Law Student Members - Free
    • Special pricing is available for Legal Service Attorneys.
  • If you cannot attend the live web event, a full refund is available, if you cancel your registration up to the start of the live web event on the program page in your “My CLE Account”. 
  • Please Note: MCLE credit is available to registrants only on the day of this live event – and you must attend the entire program to earn MCLE credit. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the event a few days after the program, but credit is NOT available for the recording.